South West Coast Path - Rame Head & Cawsand Circular Route
Updated: Apr 26, 2021
I'll start by saying, wow this is a must visit!! One of my favourite walks to date!
I LOVE the SWCP but this was on another level! Blew me away!
To begin we started in Cawsand and parked in the main car park, you walk down into the village and immediately when you arrive into the centre on your right you should see a sign for the coastal path. Walk for about 30 mins and you'll arrive at the first 'checkpoint' Queen Adelaide's Grotto. Built in 1827/1828 to commemorate the visit of King William IV and Queen Adelaide to Mount Edgcumbe.
Here you will find the most perfect private beach which gets hidden at high tide, you can access the beach by clambering down the cliff path (be careful!) The white sandy beach and the turquoise waters will make you feel like you are on a paradise island!
Queen Adelaide's Grotto.
Penlee point's hidden beach.
To carry on the walk follow the coast path to the left of the grotto for about 1 hour taking in the breathtaking views along the way! You'll then reach 'check point no.2' St Michaels Chapel!
Again another Jaw Dropper!!
We were soooooo lucky in that we saw the wild ponies grazing on the cliff, you know how much I love visiting the Dartmoor ponies on Dartmoor so to have wild ponies on the SWCP, I was on happy lady!!
Climb up the path/steps to St Michaels Chapel and take in the panoramic sea views, you'll feel like you're on top of the world! We decided this was a good place to stop and have a bite to eat and have a rest.
I'm not going to go into detail on great directions because this walk is so easy to follow, I rarely looked at a map, it is so well sign posted.
views on the walk from Penlee point
St Michaels Chapel
Time to head back to Cawsand - took the inland route back which takes around 30-40 mins this was nice because it made this walk even more varied. Walking through the country lanes, passing a beautiful church which is home to commonwealth war graves. and seeing the real country Cornwall life.
Arriving back into Cawsand we thought it was only fitting to treat ourselves to some yummy food and a drink at the lovely Bay Bar & Restaurant and talk about the wonderful day we had just had. I had a naughty steak burger with cheese and bacon and my friend had a bowl of Moules Mariniere, delicious food so I would also recommend stopping here after your glorious walk! (book a table though as they do get very busy)
The walk in total probably took us around 3hr30mins including picture taking and a lunch stop, you could definitely do it in less time.
Parking - we were extremely lucky in that the car park was free that day normally chargeable - all day parking is only £5.50 which I think is pretty reasonable.
I really hope you enjoy this day out as much as I did!!